Category Archives: Wafer and Foundries

MPWs: Catalyst of IC Production Innovation

January 25, 2016, anysilicon

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Necessity is the mother of invention. For the semiconductor industry, the emergence of Multi-Project Wafers (MPWs) is no exception to the rule. This fundamental enabler of affordable IC fabrication emerged in the 1970’s to help university researchers and silicon entrepreneurs prototype their Integrated Circuits (ICs) and demonstrate their work. It

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Top Semiconductor Foundries Capacity 2015-2016 (Infographic)

January 21, 2016, anysilicon

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On a yearly basis, AnySilicon provides a snapshot of top semiconductor foundries wafer capacity, based on available data on their website. In our last yearly report , we have presented semiconductor foundries capacity ranking of the top 4 pure-play wafer fabs: TSMC, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, UMC and SMIC. This year, our report has

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Foundry Ranking Capacity 2015

January 07, 2016, anysilicon

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IC Insights has released its Global Wafer Capacity 2016-2020 report that provides in-depth detail and analysis of foundry ranking capacity by wafer size, by process geometry, by region, and by product type. The new report provides a ranking of the industry’s 25 largest IC manufacturers and foundries in terms of installed

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BiCMOS process overview

October 22, 2015, anysilicon

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While the entire semiconductor industry is excited about FinFET and FDSOI process technologies, there is one semiconductor technology that considered by engineers as “the process for real men” and it’s called BiCMOS.
 
BiCMOS process is essentially a combination of Bipolar transistor and CMOS transistors, it offers many technical advantages

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TSMC to Quit Solar Business Activity

September 23, 2015, anysilicon

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We all know that solar energy will face a positive growth in the next future. However, Leading IC foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) is moving countertrend by announcing its intent of quitting the solar energy subsidiary activity with TSMC.
 
Indeed, the big foundry is expecting to

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GlobalFoundries rumored to be acquired by the Chinese

September 15, 2015, anysilicon

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GlobalFoundries is probably doing something right because China has set its eyes on GlobalFoundries with rumors of a possible imminent acquisition. Indeed, thanks to several strategical decisions, GlobalFoundries is offering today a unique portfolio, both CMOS and SiGe processes, cutting-end technology (14nm and 22FDSOI) and a global semiconductor manufacturing footprint.
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